Inaugural Undergraduate Employability Fair

21 Sep 2019

The School of Political Science and International Studies recently held its inaugural Undergraduate Employability Fair with the aim of helping prepare undergraduate politics students secure work related to their studies after graduating.

Students heard from a panel of industry and University employment specialists, including a keynote presentation by Queensland Deputy Director of DFAT, Nick Williams. The discussion focused on how to impress prospective employers, alternate career pathways beyond traditional graduate programs, and how to bounce back from career disappointments. The panel also answered a number of questions from the student audience, including what prospects exist for jobs related to political science in Brisbane.

After a short break for afternoon tea, the second half of the day featured a “speed dating” session, during which students were given the opportunity to spend time chatting and networking with various guests, including the panellists, representatives from UQ Global Engagement, and former interns from the School’s Internship program POLS3801. The fast-paced speed-dating session allowed students to get a snapshot of the many ways they can boost their work-readiness before and after graduating.

Overall, the Employability Fair was a great success, with many students expressing gratitude for the practical advice given during the day. The Political Science School recognises the Employability Fair as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the career prospects of its undergraduate students, and looks forward to again holding the event in 2020. 

Stay tuned for the next Employability Fair!